The Child-Bully as Victim
Children Trained to Hate
Sept. 15, 2005 (Raúl Rivero/www.cubaencuentro.com) - A child who was shouting
slogans this week at a rally in front of the house of the blind lawyer [and
independent librarian] Juan Carlos González Leiva, cried out on the high stage
of collective hysteria: "If I catch him, I will kill him." I know this kind of
Cuban mentality very well. I know it from its improbable laws, from its
essence of frustration and the theatricality of collective machismo....
[T]aking children to these Roman circuses, dragging innocent children to the
spiritual slaughterhouse, is a worse crime than continuing the harassment of a
fellow citizen because he doesn't follow orders to think the way the
government believes he should....
Not satisfied with traumatizing three generations of Cubans, the regime is
now trying to poison the soul of the next generation so there will be no peace,
in order to leave a grim legacy of hatred and division and intolerance in the
consciousness of children who today are still innocent.
"If I catch him, I will kill him," said the boy, who was already accustomed
to shouting slogans in praise of Fidel Castro. The boy would like to kill a man
he doesn't know, to kill somebody who a few years ago was a child just like
him, a poor kid from the lower classes, with no future in a land devastated by
the clumsiness of its rulers and stripped of wealth by a system which doesn't
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